January 7, 2011
Mitsubishi and JAXA experimenting on new satellites for better GPS reading
Gone are the days when asking a passerby was the best route to our destinations. A GPS is as important a device for many of our route-challenged as is a mobile phone with a camera. Mitsubishi and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are working on a new system to provide better accuracy as compared to the current Michibiki satellite readings. They tested their equipment on a car travelling at 20kmph and got up to 3cm accuracy. At present the satellite provides eight hours of coverage. The new system plans to achieve all of 24 hours accuracy… first within Japan before going beyond.